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Verified Purchase. This is a book for those who have a solid base in java now. Don't even think about using it as a beginner. I used it in a senior level course and it was the first book I worked with that dealt adequately with threads.
Use this to polish your java skills. If you want a beginner's book try one of the head first books. The books that develop progressive skills are a dime a dozen out there, few will bring you into the advanced topics like this one does. Great book, great price! Thank you Amazon! If your aim is to actually learn to code java avoid this book. The book is needlessly complicated and long winded, managing to confuse you even with simple concepts, let alone complicated ones.
I was forced to look up concepts the book was trying to explain on the internet and would never have understood any of them if my only resource was this book. Another thing, there are also no answers for end of chapter questions, making working them out a futile effort. The only reason I used, or tried to use, this book was because it was part of the syllabus for an advanced java module.
I ended up using the SCJP book by Kathy Sierra which was much more clear and to the point it covers most of the material in this book. As another reviewer correctly pointed out, this book will make you hate Java. Avoid, especially since there are much better alternatives out there. As Java is my sixth programming language I have a fair bit of experience with these type of books, and all I can say is that this is the worst I have ever come across.
It has no sense of progression and it does not seem to have the idea of learning in mind at all - ie progressing from simple to more complex It seems to be written for people who already know Java entirely and are wanting some kind of refresher, but its not very good as a reference either, so I actually don't know who would find this book useful The writing is very repetitive too - by chapter 15 why are they still telling you that "the structure of the package mirrors the file system, so you can find the code for this example in It sounds like a stupid complaint, but I swear that sentence alone is responsible for about 5 pages of this book.
If you are forced to buy this book by your uni or college as I was, my advice is that you read it cover to cover several times, and don't be too concerned with understanding it the first or second time I think the best way to read it is to start with the chapter end summary, then try and figure out the code example and discussion, and only after that confuse yourself with the actual chapter. It is not comprehensive and you are likely to spend a lot of time on the net your cash would be better spent printing out Suns java tutorial and using other books instead.
It is also horribly biased to IBM VisualAge for Java, as Wigglesworth was one of the developers, and the first bit of advice given to me by senior students at my uni was to rather use anything else, even javac, than that peice of To be fair, the questions are quite good and challenging, but as others have said, its kinda pointless without access to the answers.
The unfortunate effect of all this is that you end up frustrated with Java itself rather than just this badly put together book. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
Java Programming: Advanced Topics
Java Programming : Advanced Topics
Java Programming Advanced Topics